This Week’s Headlines:
Czisny injured in warmup competition
Korpi, others withdraw
Dubé & Wolfe retire
Tobias denied Lithuanian citizenship
Kovtun retains spot on European team
Small international & intranational competitions
American and Canadian teleconferences
Second week of Dancing on Ice
van der Perren wins Belgian Dancing With the Stars
More skating babies
September 24-30, 2012
And now I must figure out what to do about the submission to iTunes which was completely ignored. I wish there was some obvious way to check its status. Though maybe not next week, given how much else I’m going to have to for this podcast then.
At one point I thought this might be the first of the new audio posts to be delayed until Monday, though it instead proved the first one I had to cut down, since while I’m allowing myself to be more flexible about length, I still want to keep them to under twenty minutes. All this while trying to record and edit around the International Classic, and when as a result, I couldn’t finish scripting until after 9 tonight, after I’d mostly edited together everything that came after my opening accounts of the senior competitions! September 10-16, 2012
Done a little early(I recorded most of it in the early afternoon, though I had to wait for the junior events to conclude in Quebec and getting information about the men’s competition in Taipei was a huge pain) so I could have the Olympics closing ceremony on now. Or at least as much of it as NBC deigns to show. (Grrrr.) August 6-12, 2012
By the way, anyone know a good freeware audio editor? I’m about to run out a free trial and trying to find one earlier really did drive me bats. I need it to be able to perform simple tasks, such as attaching .wma files to each other consecutively(which Audacity seemed strangely unable to do…), and then have sections removed. Being able to amplify(I actually amplified the Medal Winners open section on this file, first time I’ve ever done that) and tell exactly where in the timeline certain sounds are would be good bonuses. Meanwhile, I at least had the trial software for the all important Grand Prix week episode: May 21-27, 2012
I really should’ve done this all last night. But I held out until this morning, hoping to get maybe a little footage of the Canadian free skates, or at least a full list of the 4CC/Junior Worlds team. Though waiting did mean reporting Savchenko & Szolkowy’s withdrawal from Euros, but the only thing that allowed me to finish the editing this morning was expected icy conditions(which didn’t seem to manifest) letting me leave for work and hour and half late, and even then it was still saving(though at least it did so without complications, which really surprised me; I was in such a hurry I almost didn’t try to save to an smaller size and quality sound first), so I could only upload it now. I was dreading it being blocked, but instead it wasn’t claimed at all.
One would think that after a hectic weekend of continually watching the Quebec Summer Skate because the Thornhill stream kept having problems, and a video chock full of too many headlines where I nonetheless couldn’t resist the golden opportunity to yell “MAY DAY! MAY DAY!”, it would have been events enough. And when the video wouldn’t save at first, that should have definitely been enough. But then when I saved it to a huge-ass DV-AVI file and attempted to convert a smaller one, it wouldn’t convert. I finally sweated out the ETA on the iPodME steadily going in the wrong direction, freeing up computer memory in a desperate attempt to get it finished before it stalled, and finally had a file YouTube would take. At least it didn’t get blocked anywhere(it’s embarrassing to report on All That Skate without any footage of Yu-Na, but whatever keeps you viewable), but I think the sound problems must be in the DV-AVI creation, and I ended up spending another half hour adding annotations where information had gotten too garbled, panicking when I thought they hadn’t saved, and finally realized I needed to click on the Publish button. So here it is, and I am going to bed.